December! The season of rich food and overindulgence is finally here.
First recipe is for a lighter alternative to christmas pudding or perfect to have with yogurt and granola for christmas day breakfast.
Baked winter fruit salad.
- Fruit. I used 2 apples, 2 pears, and 4 plums. With the cores/ stones removed the sliced fruit weighed 500g so you want the equivalent.
- 1 tablespoon red wine
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice (or 2 if you like a stronger taste).
- Preheat the oven to 180c
- Arrange the fruit in an oven proof dish.
- Mix the red wine, butter, sugar and spice together and pour over the fruit.
- Bake in the oven for 30 -45 mins. I usually go for 30 mins as I prefer the apple & pear to retain some firmness.
Serve warm, or save in a sealed container in the fridge for the next day. Perfect for breakfast with this Homemade granola, which also makes a nice foodie christmas gift if you package it up in a nice jar etc.
You will need
50g mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds
50g raw cashew nuts
2 dessert spoons light olive oil or other mild tasting oil
5 dessert spoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons mixed spice.
- Preheat oven to 150c
- Mix the oats, cashews and seeds together and spread out on a sheet of baking paper placed onto a baking tray.
- Mix the oil, syrup and mixed spice together and pour over the dry ingredients.
- Make sure everything is evenly coated in the maple mix, spread out evenly, then place in the oven for 30 mins.
- Half way through remove from the oven (the outside edges will be turning brown) and mix it all up, so that it cooks evenly.
- Leave to cool, then store in a sealed container.